How Mid-Century Doomsday Tests May Help Save Elephants loading...
How Mid-Century Doomsday Tests May Help Save Elephants
Radiocarbon dating, made possible by open-air nuclear tests shown in newly declassified videos, is helping scientists pinpoint when elephants were slaughtered.
Watch a Young Elephant Make a Surprising Railroad Crossing loading...
Watch a Young Elephant Make a Surprising Railroad Crossing
Experts explore: Why did the elephant cross the tracks?
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Watch an Elephant Invite a Rhino to Play
What may at first appear to be aggressive behaviour is actually a rare look at an African elephant's complex body language.
One of Africa's Last Great Tusker Elephants Was Killed by Poachers loading...
One of Africa's Last Great Tusker Elephants Was Killed by Poachers
The massive Satao II was found dead in Kenya, likely shot by a poisoned arrow. Conservationists are mourning the loss.
About Elephants

There are two types of elephants; African and Asian. Although they look similar they actually have a lot less in common than it may seem. African elephants have larger ears, more wrinkly skin and are larger overall than Asian elephants.

Elephants are social animals. The females tend to live in groups of 10 with other female relatives and their calves. The eldest female in the group is considered the leader until death. Elephants are usually found near a large water source since they use their trucks to drink up to 40 litres of water per day.

All elephants are herbivores. Some are grazers, eating mainly grass and bushes while others are browsers, using their trunks to reach up into trees for food. These animals are known as a keystone species because they are so large and have a considerable effect on the environment and ecosystem.

Elephants are frequently hunted for their tusk ivory. The illegal ivory trade has been in action for hundreds of years and still exists today.

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